Teen Drives School Bus Into Football Press Box

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Monday, January 17, 2011

A teenager drove a school bus into a school district's stadium press box Monday causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.
Three Southeast of Saline School District vehicles were also damaged, according to the Saline County Sheriff's Office.

The 17-year-old did not receive serious injuries after getting a bus started and crashing it into the building. Saline County Sheriff's Lieutenant Stan Fruits says the boy, who is mentally challenged, walked 4 to 5 miles from his foster parent's home to school.

School was not in session in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday. But the teen stepped onto a bus in the fenced and gated parking lot at the school, and found the keys in the ignition.

The teen didn't drive very far, but he did a lot of damage in the very short trip. Damage has been estimated at about $100,000. A school spokesman says the school has insurance to cover property damage.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Saline County authorities are investigating how a teen took a school bus for a ride, and crashed it at a high school football field.

The incident happened this morning in the Southeast of Saline school district, near Gypsum, KS.

Saline County authorities said a 17-year-old mentally challenged boy lives near the school. He went to the campus this morning and authorities believe he found a bus with the keys inside.

The bus suffered extensive damage when it crashed into a brick
wall supporting the stadium press box. Investigators said damage to the bus and the structure is $100,000. The teen was not hurt.

There were no classes at the school because of the national holiday.

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